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Old August 26th 06, 09:12 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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I did do a search for camelbak usage threads before making this thread,
and didn't find much at all.

So, does anyone have the Camelbak SlipStream? As soon as the weather
cools off a bit I'm gonna be (hopefully, if time allows) hitting the
trails, and I'll need some easy hydration access while still being able
to jump over roots and hold my own on rough terrain, downhill, etc. The
slip stream is 50 oz. (1.5 L) with about 49 cubic inches (.8 L) worth
of cargo space, which should be enough for my little patch kit, my
allen wrenches, and maybe a couple energy bars.

Oh, and it's about 40 dollars - and it comes in red, to match both my
24" DX and my helmet!

So, is this a good deal? Is 50 oz. enough for little 1-2 hours rides,
you think?


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Old August 26th 06, 09:42 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Not in my opinion. I regularly drain a 100 oz in that amount of time,
especially in Texas. The Camelbak Mule is more of a correct range for
MUni, in my experience. It has plenty of storage for your stuff
without useless superstructure, so if you find that 100 oz is too much,
then you're not carrying extra weight for no reason.

In colder regions, the Mule has enough straps or cords to hold a fleece
vest, a windbreaker or rain shell, and a pair of mitts or hand shells.

I've had the one I'm using for several years now.


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Old August 26th 06, 10:16 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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I've gotta agree on this one - I would find myself (while distance
riding) using 5L or more of water a day, and doing a two hour trail
just about drains my 2L hydration pack with the MUni on the go,
especially if it's sunning on me. More capacity is a good thing, as you
can always fill up more for longer rides, but it's usually hard to find
water on the trail.


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Old August 26th 06, 10:28 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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I tried to do moab with a 70oz rocket and it wasn't enough. I had to
strap on a nalgene on the back. I have a mule now and I love it. You
don't have to fill it all the way if you don't want the extra weight.
Rationing water on a muni ride sucks, so I like to have plenty.

The mule also has about 500cm of cargo, so you can put in a camera and
things. I would either go mule or the hawg, if you want to carry even
more stuff. It's not a horrible idea to have a small hiker's survival
kit if you are doing muni in remote areas alone. (flashlight, emergency
blanket, pancho or coat, change of shirt, tools, food, cell phone,
first aid, whistle, etc) You never know when you're going to have to
spend the night out there. You can carry all that in a mule, easy, and
it won't weigh much at all.


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Old August 26th 06, 10:30 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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U-Turn wrote:
Not in my opinion. I regularly drain a 100 oz in that amount of time,
especially in Texas. The Camelbak Mule is more of a correct range for
MUni, in my experience. It has plenty of storage for your stuff
without useless superstructure, so if you find that 100 oz is too much,
then you're not carrying extra weight for no reason.

In colder regions, the Mule has enough straps or cords to hold a fleece
vest, a windbreaker or rain shell, and a pair of mitts or hand shells.

I've had the one I'm using for several years now.






With the mule you also have room to put in extra bladders.


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Old August 26th 06, 10:35 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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I just got the camelbak classic yesterday which is 2L. It is very low
profile and doesn't move around when I ride. I havn't used it for Muni
yet, but it was great on my coker ride. I don't think I would want any
less than 2L though. I will probably leave extra water in the car for
after long rides.


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Old August 26th 06, 10:53 PM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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Hm. Blech.

I looked at the camelbak classic too, maybe the extra water would be
better. Is there any storage space at all in the classic? Like any
little pockets just to slip some allen wrenches in? Cause after
listening to ya'll's experiences, the extra water is much better, plus
it's the same price and color.


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Old August 27th 06, 12:07 AM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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My strategy is to have two (or more) hydration packs. One small
capacity one (50 - 70 oz) that is convenient but doesn't have much
storage space, and one large capacity one that holds 100 oz and has
room for an additional bladder and gear storage if necessary. It's
more convenient that trying to get one hydration pack that does it
all.

For most of my muni rides I use a bum bag style pack that holds 70 oz.
For most of my Coker rides I use a bum bag (similar to a CamelBak
FlashFlo) that holds about 50 oz. It's generally enough for my Coker
rides cause I'm in areas where I can refill if necessary. For bigger
rides I have my large capacity backpack style hydration pack.

It also depends on where and when you ride. In Texas and humid areas
you are going to need more water than I do in the cozy comfy
Northwest.

A 100 oz pack with room for gear should be the starting point. Then
look around for some smaller packs for shorter or cooler rides.


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Old August 27th 06, 08:03 AM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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john_childs wrote:
A 100 oz pack with room for gear should be the starting point. Then
look around for some smaller packs for shorter or cooler rides.



I'd agree with JC here, and also with U-Turn. If you can only afford
one, go big, then get smaller ones if/when budget allows. I currently
have a Camelbak Cloud Walker, which is fairly roomy for storage, and
has a 70 oz bladder. It's starting to show some wear and tear, and I'll
definitely be heading for a Mule when it's time to replace it. For any
big ride, I find the 70 oz. either barely adequate or inadequate.
Often I toss a sport bottle of water or gatorade into the pack as
supplement. On my 32 mile ride today, I started with 70 oz. and had to
stop twice to add additional 24 oz bottles into the bladder, plus
downing two 24 oz bottles of sports drink. All that over 4 hours with
no need to pee.

The cargo room is nice too. With the bigger Camels, they have cinch
straps so you can tighten things down when you don't have a lot of gear
in there. But it's nice to have the space when you're planning on being
on the trail all day, far from stores or phones. You want room for
pump, food, camera, rail gear when applicable, all sorts of stuff.


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Old August 27th 06, 08:23 AM posted to rec.sport.unicycling
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It's 02:15 AM in San Antonio and our local weather folks say it's 82
degrees with a heat index that makes it feel like it's 89. I can't
wait to see what happens when the sun comes back out.

I use a 100oz bladder and regularly drain it. Nothing is more
important than having enough water in hot regions. One should never
try to save on weight by sacrificing ones water supply. When I rode
yesterday (nearly 4 hours) I easily emptied the bladder and still lost
5 lbs of water weight. I had pre-hydrated big time in the hours before
the ride and I was on the road before 7 AM to miss the main heat of the
day.

Remember, just because it's a 100 oz (or bigger) bladder doesn't mean
you need to fill it up all the way for shorter rides. But it's nice to
know you have the capacity when you need it.


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